Bergantino Audio has created a number of firmware combinations that you can download. Below is a description of each drive and you can choose which combination you’d like as well as a tutorial on how to update your firmware.
B15 Norm and Bright
We’ve taken the extremely popular Modern Vintage circuit and added more fundamental and overall warmth. There’s not a dull spot on the dial with this one!
Click on each below to download:
- B15 Normal/Bright
- BFT II – MF720
- BFT/Modern Fuzz – clean blend version
- BFT/Vintage Fuzz – clean blend version
- BFT/XS305 – clean blend version
- BFT/Modern Fuzz
- BFT/Vintage Fuzz
- Modern Vintage/Modern Fuzz
- Modern Vintage/XS305
- Tube Screamer/BFT
- Tube Screamer/Modern Fuzz
- Tube Screamer/Modern Vintage
- Tube Screamer/Vintage Fuzz
- Tube Screamer/XS305
- Rip City/MF360
Directions on how to update your firmware:
First tip: We’ve found over the years that a brand new, dedicated flash drive is best for this task. If you are following the instructions but are not getting the upload to install, please try another flash drive, preferably new. You can acquire the smallest one available as the firmware is not a large file.
In all versions of the offered firmware, by simply pressing and holding the “Engage” button down for 2 seconds, or for those who have our Bluetooth Footswitch, by holding down the Drive switch for 2 seconds, you can toggle between the two drive circuits in that particular firmware version. The orange Engage LED will flash accordingly when drive circuits are changed, as explained below.
- The Drive itself does not have to be engaged (Orange LED indicator “ON”) in order to change drive circuits.
- It should be noted that upon power recycle, the forte’ HP will always power up with the Primary drive circuit selected, which is the first one listed in the firmware version name.
- When Changing Drive circuits with the engage “Off” you will see 1 flash on the orange engage LED when the Primary is selected and 2 flashes for the secondary circuit.
- When Changing Drive circuits with the engage “On” you will see 2 flashes when the Primary circuit is selected and 3 flashes when the Secondary circuit is selected. The extra flash is due to the circuit going back to its “On” or engaged state.
Copy the hex file of update you would like to install into your forte’ HP amp onto a Fat32 formatted thumb drive. Rename it to just forthp.hex, all lower case.
*** If you’re using a MAC, be sure the thumb drive’s scene is set to Master Boot Record.
With the power off, insert the thumb drive into the amp’s USB port.
While holding down the Bright button, turn the amp on and continue to hold the Bright button down until the green Bright LED illuminates (about 1 second).
Let the firmware continue to load which should take about 10 seconds. The amp’s LEDs will return to their prior state once the firmware is completely loaded.
IMPORTANT: Before using the newly installed firmware, remove thumb drive from front of amp to allow for proper operation.
By maintaining a folder on your desktop containing these 14 firmware files along with previous releases, you can, at any time, load any version into you amp by simply following the instructions above.
*Once you have your desired Drive level, any overall volume adjustment should be made at the Master volume control of your amp. Adjusting the volume anywhere upstream of the Master Volume (i.e. Instrument and/or Amp’s input gain) will affect the level into the Drive circuit, thus changing the harmonic content of the signal.